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An NYT Win on a Countrywide Mortgage Scam

The Federal Trade Commission slapped a $108 million fine on Countrywide/Bank of America earlier this week. Tough investigative business journalism... More

NYT’s DealBook, Stenographer to Private Equity

The private-equity industry is issuing a "dire warning" about the consequences of raising its taxes, the NYT's DealBook reports. In... More

Audit Notes: Bloomberg Blues, Fool’s Gold, TBTF Primer

I think this Bloomberg story is important. But I'm not exactly sure, because it's almost unreadable. Here's one reason it... More

ProPublica and WaPo on the Rotten Culture at BP

ProPublica and the Washington Post team up for an investigation today on BP's history of flaunting environmental safety regulations. Particularly... More

Audit Notes: Links, Readability, Distractions, Wired

Jason Fry weighs in on the Nicholas Carr links-as-distractions discussion, with a thoughtful post breaking down the issue. Fry says... More

HHS Gets Tough With Execs. What About the SEC?

The Department of Health and Human Services is getting aggressive at rooting out fraud in Big Pharma, Fortune reports. From... More

Audit Notes: Around and a Roundup, Fed Capture, Newsday Cashflow

The Journal has a good, creepy story on how the chemical companies are planning to take advantage of blowback from... More

WSJ Finds Some Traders Getting a Sneak Peek at Prices

The Wall Street Journal has a new angle on high-frequency trading today, reporting that some trading firms pay exchanges for... More

Audit Notes: Fan/Fred Still?, Zuck Shucked, Labor-Standards Arbitrage

Some people are still hauling out the false argument that Fannie and Freddie caused the housing bubble and thus, the... More

The Blogs Blast Buffett

The news reporting this morning on Warren Buffett's testimony doesn't exactly move me. But the blogs sure are fun. Edmund... More

Audit Notes: Gasparino, Claman, and Buffett; McClatchy; Labor Demonization

Charlie Gasparino of Fox Business News rakes Warren Buffett over the coals today for his hypocrisy on Moody's. This is... More

FT Gives a New Starbucks the Section-Front Treatment

It's not like there's a dearth of stories in financial journalism these days. So what is the Financial Times doing... More

WSJ iPad Numbers Are Looking Good

Rupert Murdoch says The Wall Street Journal has 10,000 subscribers paying for the paper on the two-month-old iPad. That's an... More

Audit Notes: Goldman’s Wells Notice, BP’s Wells Permits, Dogpile

Matthew Goldstein of Reuters reports that Goldman Sachs told Calpers, the California public-pension giant, in March that it wasn't under... More

Nick Carr and How Links Hurt Reading

Yes, embedded links are distracting

Nicholas Carr has a fascinating book excerpt in this month's Wired looking at what the Internet does to how we... More

Audit Notes: Journal Greatness, The Shallows, Fortune Too Kind

The Wall Street Journal drops part two of its series on how the BP catastrophe happened. I praised yesterday's devastating... More

Missing the Paywall Point

What do the Irish News and the Guardian teach us about paywalls?

The Guardian's Roy Greenslade thinks we should take a lesson about paywalls from the Irish News, a 45,000-circulation daily that... More

AJC Stirring Up the Anti-Census Crowd with Falsehoods

Bob Barr says—without evidence—the gubmint can force its way into your home when you’re not there

Drudge is linking to an incendiary Atlanta Journal-Constitution blog post by former congressman Bob Barr. Barr claims in his headline... More

Audit Notes: Animal Farm Webified, Murdoch’s Paradox, Reform Hype

Speaking of the Web and hyped headlines, McSweeney's has probably the best satire of the genre yet. Mike Lacher's piece,... More

Bad Redesigns

News sites regress in a bid to declutter their home pages

What's going on with these redesigns? There seems to be a movement afoot to declutter news websites' home pages. Problem... More

The Tea Party is timeless - Richard Hofstadter’s Anti-Intellectualism In American Life reviewed

How misinformation goes viral: a Truthy story - Conservative media’s reaction to an Indiana University project shows how shoddy information can quickly become an online narrative

Do you know Elise Andrew? - The creator of the Facebook page “I fucking love science” is journalism’s first self-made brand

Goodbye and good luck to all of us - Dean Starkman on leaving CJR

When quitting goes viral - Thanks to social media, resignations get a global audience


Trend Piece (New Yorker)

Buzzword, buzzword, buzzword. Isn’t the buzzword on your mind now? Perhaps it is on other people’s minds? Read on or you’ll be clueless, dated, and without any friends in the world. Buzzword again!

This Is How Joanna Coles Changed Cosmo (Refinery29)

The British reporter-turned-editor has made good on her promises to bring politics to the magazine, win some very big-deal journalism awards, and secure the most interesting exclusive interviews

Awareness, #Awareness, and Ray Rice (The Classical)

The coverage of Ray Rice’s punch is not translating into offering information on domestic violence

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